The religious body of Public Affairs Committee (PAC) yesterday Thursday, August 6 2020 met president Lazarus Chakwera to brief him on various governance isues in the country.
In a statement presented to President Chakwera released by PAC, signed by PAC’s chairperson Patrick Thawale which FCM TV Online has seen, the statement is highlighting six governance issues.
The six include: cabinet size and composition, fight against COVID-19 pandemic, fight against corruption, Public sector reforms, Electoral and Constitutional reforms and Religious Intolerance.
On the Cabinet size and composition, PAC says it is not satisfied with the current cabinet size of the Tonse Administration. According to Thawale said the cabinet is too large and is in conflict with what the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) promised during the past meetings with PAC between 2014 and 2019, respectively.
“Your Approach to appointment of cabinet ministers may have a dent in your administration. We are that you attempted to clarify the matter by stating that the cabinet members will be assessed and were appointed on merit.
“And that in five months period the cabinet could be changed. Malawi will wait your action, since you have promised them,” said Thawale.
Thawale also said MCP party by then, promised cabinet size between 14 and 20 only. As doing so it will save government funds.
PAC has since asked Chakwera to revisit the cabinet size.
On COVID-19 pandemic, Thawale said PAC is satisfied with how the Chakwera administration is raising seriousness messages of the pandemic to the general public. He said Malawians are now aware of the seriousness of the pandemic.
“PAC commends your government for raising awareness on the seriousness of COVID-19 pandemic since you assumed Office. Malawians seem to have realized in some quarters that the pandemic is real.
“Your regular updates on efforts the government is making to arrest the pandemic are inspiring and commendable,” added Thawale.
Furthermore on fight against Corruption, PAC has urged Chakwera to fight the corruption in government institutions and to avoid selective justice in the process.
Finally on Religious Intolerance, Thawale said PAC has developed a dialogue plan whenever the Religious conflicts arise in the country. Thawale was also quick to point out on the recent removal of the Islam billboard in Blantyre.
He said PAC will engage the concerned parties on the Issue.
Meanwhile, PAC has urged Chakwera to avoid arrogance, like past regimes have been doing. Thawale has tipped Chakwera to tolerate all views expressed by people and handle them amicably.